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City of Heavenly Tranquility: Beijing in the History of China

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When the world descends on Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, it will find the results of a helter skelter rush for modernization and wealth. In the course of a thousand years, temples and shrines, palaces, and gardens had filled the walls of old Peking. Its narrow, twisting streets held the collective memories of five dynasties and turbulent events of the 20th century. It has ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published June 5th 2008)
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Valerie
Nov 16, 2015 Valerie rated it liked it
In a few weeks I'll be moving to Beijing to teach. Because I know very little about Chinese history (or Beijing), I've been trying to read all I can about it. This was the first such book.

I found a lot of the anecdotes interesting, as well as a lot of the earlier history aspects. For me, the information wasn't the problem. The writing was. For a journalist, Becker sure does digress a lot and use a lot of unnecessarily flowery language. I was constantly reminded of Holden Caulfield talking with
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Tatyana
Apr 27, 2016 Tatyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this book before and during my trip to China. I was surprised that a book written by a historian could be so captivating. I found it very informative and enjoyed quoting it to my husband while we were touring Beijing. The information was more logical and systematic than our tourguides.
Tmq
Feb 13, 2009 Tmq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found it fascinating for its anecdotes, but unexpectedly superficial when it came to its take on modernist architecture, and this weakened my general impression.
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Jasper Becker is a British journalist who spent 30 years covering Asia including 18 years living in Beijing. His reporting on uprisings, refugees and famine in China, Tibet and North Korea garnered him many awards and he is a popular speaker and commentator on current events in Asia. He now lives in England and has just finished his tenth book, tentatively called The Fatal Flaw. Earlier books suc ...more
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